|Here's a Shaman mask I made from my friend Arjuna's face.|
Well, it is almost Halloween, and I've been doing some life review. I've been making masks for 30 years, and I think it's about time I honor the "Spirit of the Mask" for blessing me, a lot of people who've worked for me over the years (or copied me) and now have businesses of their own, and all the people who've used the masks, their dances that I never saw, the energy of the masks going on beyond me. THANK YOU! BLESSED BE!
|Of course, the "Greenman" has been my most enduring!|
When we gathered in a circle to discuss our journeys, I told everyone that I had just met the "Mask Deva". And all these years later, I think I did, and perhaps I've been able to "uncover" a few of those masks that were revealed to me. What a blessing! So I felt like sharing a few along the way here.......................
|Here's an early Samhain ritual mask, the Crone aspect of three.|
|Crow Man and the Bone Goddess, two personal mythic figures that kept emerging in my dreams around the time of my divorce. I think, in retrospect, they were guides, helping me to deal with the difficulties of that time.|
"Gaia" from a wonderful Solstice Residency at I Park in Connecticut, and the Goat Mask for Tragos, a film by the brilliant Antero Alli.
|I never showed this mask of Kilahua giving birth to new lands, erupting into the future..........|
|A Butterfly Woman, one of my favorites and not so fierce as some.|
|"La Mariposa", a rather ferocious Butterfly Woman. |
As Clarissa Pinkola Estes said, to be a pollinator, one must have "los ovarios".
It's not a job for sissies.
Another "Spider Woman" mask. I was inspired by a science fiction story I read (alas, I don't know by who) in which the author described a person with eyes that were full of stars.
I love this mask, which was inspired by a creation of another mask artist I saw.
It's "The Deva of the Rose".
Two "Shields" I did with my former husband, artist Duncan Eagleson.
One of many Gaia masks.
A recent Goddess mask.........."Oya", African Goddess of storms.
People have suggested that I put eyes in the masks so they are more sculptural, can be "hung on the wall". But I'm always telling people that that's not really what they're for............they are in their very essence collaborative, and metaphorical of human multiplicity of being as well. I like having the open eye holes, because they invite exactly that, collaboration with others. The Artform is open, the eyes are open, and the mask always has the possibility of someone else putting it on, telling a new story, dancing a new dance.
And the open eye holes suggest the mystery and eternally changing formlessness behind the face we see, or think we see, the face that is ever changing...........
World, give us a new story, a Good Story..............and let's find out what its face looks like.